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Tech Digest: what’s moving in the Midwest (11/8/04)

SBC to cut 10,000 jobs

SBC Communications, the parent company of SBC Wisconsin, will cut about 10,000 jobs by the end of next year, the company reported in filings with the SEC. According to spokesperson Howard Riefs, SBC does not know how many of the cut positions will be in Wisconsin, where SBC employs about 6,000. The company’s filing said at least some of the cuts would come through attrition.

Berbee ranks highly in Microsoft partner program

Berbee Information Networks Corporation has proven its competency in six areas of the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program, the company announced last Friday. Customer references, employee certifications and the use of Microsoft software led to designations in network and advanced infrastructure, information-worker productivity, e-business, security, and Microsoft business applications. Only a few partners in the world have this many competencies, a Microsoft spokesperson said.

Milwaukee Heart Hospital to be sold to local system

MedCath Corporation, out of North Carolina, said Monday that the Heart Hospital of Milwaukee, owned jointly by the company and local physicians, will be sold to Columbia St. Mary's, a Milwaukee hospital system. The hospital opened in October 2003 and has 32 inpatient beds, three operating rooms and three cardiac catheterization laboratories.

Wausau police nab suspected wireless hacker

A Wausau man faces federal charges on suspicion of hacking into the computers of a wireless service provider, the Wausau Daily Herald has reported. Central Wisconsin Wireless Internet Services allegedly suffered $5,000 in losses as 100 customers could not access its service for three days last October. FBI agents were brought in and are accusing Matthew R. Schuster, 29, who if convicted could face 15 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.

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